Museums breathed a sigh of relief on Tuesday. Against all expectations, Prime Minister François Legault gave them the green light for a reopening across Quebec, as of Monday. But the public will have to wait a little longer before planning a visit.
Closed for four months, some museums did not expect a reopening at all, at least not before spring break. “So we are happy and very excited,” said the spokesperson for the Museum of Civilization Agnès Dufour. It’s an extraordinary breath of fresh air. “
The same story goes for the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec (MNBAQ) and the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA), which are “delighted” about an upcoming reopening.
It must be said that the museums of Quebec have been swimming in incomprehension since the announcement of their closure on September 29. Many of their leaders felt the places were not conducive to an outbreak.
“The experience in a museum is not an experience of gathering,” pleaded the director of the Société des Musées du Québec, Stéphane Chagnon, in September. Museums have been exemplary in the management of applied standards. ”
Even if they have permission to reopen on Monday, the museums, taken by surprise, are not ready to do so as quickly.
“We have to reorganize the work of several teams: ticketing, security, bookstore-boutique, etc.,” said Linda Tremblay of the MNBAQ. For the exhibitions team, for example, like the exhibition Turner and the sublime has been dormant for several months, it takes them a few days to prepare it and make it accessible to the public again. “
Announcements regarding the official reopening dates should be made in the coming days. “It will take place next week, but the exact date remains to be defined,” said MMFA public relations officer Maude N. Béland.
Museum institutions will submit to the same health rules as in June, “with the utmost respect for the standards demanded by the Public Health Department and the Committee on Standards, Equity, Health and Safety. work (CNESST) ”, underlined the MNBAQ.
Most museums had set up systems for booking time-stamped tickets. Planning visits in advance will therefore still be essential. Inside, the capacity will be the same as in June. The latter had been calculated according to the area of the rooms, so that visitors were able to respect physical distancing.
5 exhibitions to have
- Special effects ! | Quebec Civilization Museum
- Turner and the sublime | National Museum of Fine Arts of Quebec
- Riopelle: meeting the territories Nordic and Indigenous cultures | Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
- The machine that taught birds to air | Montreal Museum of Contemporary Art
- Trains, dream carriers | Pointe-à-Callière Museum